Posts from — June 2011

Brides on Bikes – Begging for more

We just stumbled on the BEG bicycle and accessory website, and the cuteness is on overload!  Not only is the site adorbs, but the bike basket options, like the porter’s crate or the cooler for your Shandys….gaaaa!  Makes us want to buy another bike and deck it out all over again!  Check it out here for worldwide shipping!

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Exotic Bouquets

Tropical wedding bouquets can be quite gorgeous and when using tropical flowers in your wedding bouquet designs you can get quite an exotic look. A perfect accessory that will definitely catch the eyes of those who see it.

Photo Credits: One, Two, Three, Four

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Sashaying Down The Aisle

If there is a fashion accessory that keeps catching our eye it is colorful sashes! However bright or subtle they may be, sashes are such a lovely way to tie in color schemes or add that unexpected modern twist to your gown. You’d be surprised at just how many options there are.  In our opinion, opting for a beautiful sash or belt is just the way to add that perfect finishing touch to your bridal look! Some oh-so-lovely inspiration below.

Images via Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Rebekah Westover, Perfect Bound

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Real Wedding – Love, Sweet Love

Have we got a gorgeous one for you today!  Ashley and Alex wed with purely lovely nuptials at the Highlands Country Club in New York.  Ashley was a vision in her Watters Liane dress, and the couple’s day was filled with a sense of true love and family and lots of generous participation from their loves ones. Those darlings flower girl dresses? Custom-made by Alex’s mom! The calligraphy?  The couple has Ashley’s mom to thank.  And their heart-melting first look?  Robert and Kathleen Photograghers captured the moment, along with some of the most dazzling portraits of the bride and groom we’ve seen yet.

Lovely: Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.

Ashley: My mom and I headed over to Lovely one night after work for their Watters trunk show – I had fallen in love with some of their dresses online.  Our thought was to look around, try on a few things, and return sometime when we both hadn’t been working since the early morning hours.  Melanie listened to me describe the venue and my personal style, and pulled a few dresses into the room.  The Liane was the fourth dress I tried on – and we knew it was the one!  I grew up dancing and figure skating, and loved the layers and the movement.  The dress was the perfect mix of texture and sophistication, a grown-up version of what I always enjoyed dressing up in as a child!  Plus, we had big plans to dance the night away at the wedding, and the full skirt was perfect for that; it almost felt like a flamenco skirt, and you can believe I had fun with that!

Lovely: What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?

Ashley: I didn’t grow up dreaming about my wedding, but when the time came, we aimed to create an evening that would reflect us as a couple.  First and foremost was the venue.  I feel like we looked at almost every venue from New York, where I was living, to Boston, where Alex was finishing law school, and nothing felt totally right until we saw the Highlands Country Club.  We loved the mix of spaces, the potential to have the cocktail hour (and s’mores later) outdoors, and the gorgeous ballroom with its fantastic chandelier, farmhouse tables, and hardwood floors.  Yes, the floors played a huge part in the decision about the venue!  The whole place felt simple yet very elegant, which is what we were aiming for.  Our second big detail was the music.  In my family, we celebrate by dancing!  A few years ago, Alex and I went to a wedding where his childhood friend’s band played.  I don’t think we left the dance floor the entire night.  I remember turning to him and telling him that when we got married (not that we were engaged yet), they would play at our wedding.  And they did!  Finally, we were lucky to find out that Robert & Kathleen, whose work I had been following for a few years, were available to photograph our wedding.  They were so fantastic to work with before and after the wedding, and we will treasure our photos forever.

Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?

Ashley: I will never forget the atmosphere of our ceremony.  Because there were showers in the area, we moved it indoors at the last minute to the solarium, which may have been the best decision we made that day.  There was so much love contained between those four walls!  Walking down the aisle with both of my parents was very special – I think the three of us took turns getting teary during that short walk.  Most of all, though, I will never forget the look in Alex’s eyes as he recited the vows that he had prepared.  In that moment, he was calm and confident, and we were both ready to start the next stage of our journey together.

Lovely: If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?

Ashley: Use the resources you have around you and trust the professionals that you hire!  We are both lucky to have creative and talented parents: my mom did all of our calligraphy, which was gorgeous, and Alex’s mom made our flower girl’s dress, which is adorable.  Also, my sister was my one-woman bridal party, and she was fantastic.  Your professionals do what they do for a reason – give them the details that you want, and then let them work their magic.  And… enjoy!  Enjoy the whole event, and realize what a blessing it is to have the people you love come together to celebrate your love!

DRESS: Watters Wtoo (Liane), purchased at Lovely

VEIL: Erica Koesler

SHOES: Something Bleu

EARRINGS: Nordstrom

BRACELET: Swarovski Crystallized

PHOTOGRAPHER: Robert and Kathleen Photographers

FLORIST: Lee Vazquez Floral Design

WEDDING PLANNER: Adrienne Madama, Coordinator at Highlands Country Club

MAKEUP: Meredith Hayman

HAIR: Brittany DiGiacomo

CALLIGRAPHY: Bride’s mother

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The Lovely List – Friday Wrap-Up

We’re smiling our lovely little faces off going into the weekend over this dreamy shoot that took place outside our shop for one of our favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo!  Doesn’t that Ivy & Aster shortie make your heart race? Not to mention the too-pretty-for-words hair tutorial! Swoon.

Such a cute idea for a wedding in lieu of a candy bar! (Especially for a couple who met at summer camp)

DIY Vintage Handkerchief Save the Dates

A polka-dot themed wedding? Love.

A whole troupe of Lovely bridesmaids!

Simply stunning

Talk about a “wow-factor”

Ring bearer blocks – so fun!

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